Promoting Student Health For Student Success

School nurse and student


President Column

President Column

A message from Sue Nokleby, SNOM President:

In January, many of us experienced the first school closure in several years. The storm also postponed our SNOM board meeting until February. Now as I write this, we are in the middle of a spring thaw. Minnesota weather~always changing.

Just as the weather changes, so will the SNOM board. Mary Jo Martin and Mary Heiman are actively recruiting members for the board. All positions on the board are open for nominations. Serving on the SNOM board is a wonderful opportunity to network, to help advance the SNOM vision and mission, and to learn board function. Serving on the board is not all work, as we also enjoy working towards to goal of providing services to our members in order to elevate the school nurse profession thereby improving student health for student success.

If you are not ready to commit to serving on the board, SNOM has several great opportunities to get involved on a committee level. The awards committee is revising the application process to align with the new NASN Scopes and Standard. They are looking for new members would like to be involved in celebrating outstanding school nurses. After a very successful conference, the SNOM conference committee is in the planning stages for next year. The legislative committee has been very active with our lobbyist working on issues of school nurse licensure, medication disposal, and children’s mental health. The membership committee of one would probably welcome some help. Most of this committee’s work is online. Also the public relations committee (also of one) could use help to promote school nursing. Someone with social media skills would be beneficial. The special education committee is very active using a work plan to identify school nurses with an expertise with a variety of special needs topics. Please e-mail me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any interest or questions about the SNOM committees. Serving on the SNOM board and committees along with the National Board for Certification of School Nurses have been very professionally rewarding experiences for me. I would challenge you to take advantage of some of these opportunities.

At our February SNOM meeting, we also set the budget for the next year. SNOM is in a good financial position, so we are able to continue offering an outstanding fall conference and school nurse orientation along with SNOM’s committee work. We are also involved in reviewing and revising out strategic plan so that we may continue to advance excellence in school nurse practice.